Tight con­test in War­wick

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CEN­TRAL Queens­land rider Camp­bell Hod­son could win his first na­tional ti­tle in the Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion when he lines up in the War­wick Rodeo APRA Na­tional Fi­nals this week­end.

Hod­son is from Townsville but now calls Emer­ald in Queens­land home.

He is also one of the top chances in the bat­tle for the all around ti­tle but will have a tough bat­tle against two riders from New South Wales and Vic­to­ria, and past cham­pion Shane Kenny, who have all qual­i­fied in three events for the fi­nals.

Hod­son is on top in the rope and tie, and team rop­ing header APRA stand­ings, go­ing into the na­tional fi­nals.

He won round 2 and was sec­ond in the rope and tie ag­gre­gate at this year’s Mt Isa Rodeo be­hind Yass (NSW) cow­boy Clay Bush.

Hod­son com­bined with Liam Dav­i­son of Char­ters Tow­ers (Qld) to fin­ish third in the team rop­ing ag­gre­gate at Mt Isa.

Last year’s all-round ti­tle win­ner Shane Iker from Al­ton Downs (Qld) will be one to watch at the War­wick Show­grounds this week as he com­bined with Bren­ton Bell (Grace­mere, Qld) to win the team rop­ing at Mt Isa.

Iker and Hod­son will need to per­form well in their two events at the na­tional fi­nals as five of the best chances for the all around are each in three events.

Emer­ald (Qld) Kenny won the all around ti­tle in 2015 and is the leader in the all around go­ing into the na­tional fi­nals and ranked sec­ond in each of his three events.

Bush and Heath Ni­chols (Scone, NSW), Lee Kimber (Lock­ing­ton, Vic) and Terry Evi­son (Pine Grove, Vic) are each in three events at the na­tional fi­nals so have a re­al­is­tic chance to win the all around ti­tle.

The all around cow­girl ti­tle is wide open with Jo Cald­well (Mur­ru­rundi, NSW), Cherie O’Donoghue (Lock­ing­ton, Vic), and Shi­anne O’DonoghueKent (Bun­yip, Vic) the three lead­ers go­ing into the na­tional fi­nals.

PHOTO: DEPHOTOS

IN CON­TROL: Terry Evi­son from Vic­to­ria shows the kind of form that will chal­lenge Queens­land’s Camp­bell Hod­son’s bid for his first na­tional ti­tle in War­wick this week­end.

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